What is R086

R086 is an optional coursework component of the Creative iMedia course and is worth 25% of your overall grade. Your teacher will choose which of the optional coursework modules you need to complete. Please ask your teacher if you are unsure which of the optional modules you will be doing.

What is covered in R086?

R086 is all about creating digital animations.

OCR give out a few set projects that all involve creating a digital animation for a different scenario and your teacher will generally choose which scenario your class (or you) will complete.

The project will involve you using appropriate animation software (such as Adobe Flash, Adobe Animate or Serif DrawPlus) to create a digital animation.

How is R086 split up?

R086 is split into 4 main Learning Objectives (or LO for short):

  • LO1
  • LO2
  • LO3
  • LO4


Understand the properties and features of animation


Plan a digital animation in response to a client brief


Create a digital animation in response to a client brief


Evaluate and review the digital animation you created

R086 advice


LO1 is where you will need to do some research into the properties and features of animation. As part of this you may look into the history of animation and how it has come about to what it is today. You need to ensure that you do not copy anything from the internet or from books. Your work will be checked by the person marking and if it is found that you have copied information you will be given a 0 mark.


LO2 is where you will be given a client brief which you have to analyse and work from. You should print this out and highlight key information that is contained with the client brief. All of the parts that you have highlighted should be discussed in your report.

You should also produce a mind map and a mood board to show your ideas for the finished animation that the client has asked you to produce.

A work plan and a storyboard should also be produced so that you can show which tasks need to be done to create the animation and you can show how the animation should look before you produce it. You may find that producing the storyboard is easier once you have completed the animation.


LO3 is the section where you will actually create the animation using professional animation software. The software used will depend on what software the school has installed but may include either Adobe or Blender.

As you create your animation your will be expected to take screenshots and write about how you have created the animation step by step.

Once your animation is complete you should export it to a suitable file and specification as laid out in the client brief.


LO4 is where you will analyse your finished product and compare it to the original client brief. You should use your highlighted client brief and pick out all the highlighted parts and say how you achieved what the client asked for in the client brief.

You should also discuss which parts of the animation you thought went well and which parts you would alter or extend if you were given more time on the project.

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